What the team training looks like in practice will depend on your needs. It may be you’ve identified a need for some Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to development work following an Intuition TLC Organisation Self Review diagnostic. Or you may have new team members and wish to take some time together to get to know each other, to create a vision for the team and establish clear ways of working.

Our approach is to have an initial phonecall with the Headteacher or other senior leader. During the conversation we will ask lots of questions to find out more about your context; we may ask you and team members to complete a development needs analysis; what your aims for the team development work is and the development needs you have already identified. From this phone call we will write a short proposal outlining the plan and associated costs.

We can work in a variety of ways including: residential (Friday afternoon until Saturday tea time can be very effective); a series of twilights; termly half-day events; termly Inset days or a combination of these approaches. We often build in one-to-one coaching in between face to face team events to give SLT members an opportunity to reflect more deeply on their own effectiveness and achievement of team goals.

Here are some themes included in previous SLT development programmes:

  • Groups v Teams
  • Team development theories
  • Team building activities
  • Roles and responsibilities of individual team members
  • Effective working practices
  • Meeting structures
  • Team strengths and blind spots
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Influencing strategies
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Problem solving
  • Reflection time
  • Action Planning
  • Values and vision

Your development needs will be unique to you and therefore even after the programme is created it can be flexed and tailored to suit changing needs as you progress through it. We’re always happy to talk through your ideas and find that designing SLT development programmes in collaboration with senior leaders has the most impact back in schools.

Associate staff or support staff without classroom responsibility can make up a significant percentage of your school staff. If they aren’t working effectively together; if there is discord between members or if they don’t understand their role in the school vision the result can be very disruptive to other staff and students alike.

Associate staff can get overlooked when it comes to professional development. If it’s not overlooked completely it tends to focus on health and safety and equipment related training.   Having a highly skilled and motivated associate team, who work together as a team can have a lasting impact on a school’s effectiveness.

You know your staff best so the design of the programme will, of course, depend on the needs of your team. However previous clients have included the following topics in their development programme:

  • Team building activities
  • Our role in the vision of the school
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Dealing with challenging behaviours
  • Being an effective leader
  • Time management and prioritisation
  • Personality at work

We often start programmes with a team building activity which looks at how the team approaches:

  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Prioritising
  • Decision making

These aspects can be built on throughout the programme and the progress in these areas reviewed on completion of the programme.

As with all our team development programmes you start with a phonecall to us so we can analyse your needs and understand your context before drafting a proposal for you to consider. Contact us to start the process of meeting the true development needs of your associate staff team.

Enjoy a short video about dealing with conflict:

Have you got a group of middle leaders who would benefit from some leadership training? Do you want something that meets your needs rather than something off the shelf?

We will design a development programme for your aspiring or existing middle. The topics will vary depending on their needs and your school’s priorities. The programme could run as twilight sessions, morning session, full days or even on Saturdays.

Here are some topics that have been incorporated in programmes we’ve designed in the past:

  • Self-review diagnostic
  • School based leadership focus
  • One to one or group feedback on diagnostic – understanding yourself and others
  • Leadership styles
  • Developing effective teams
  • Managing performance and handling difficult conversations
  • Coaching skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Stress & time management

We also recommend building in some one-to-one coaching so leaders have an opportunity to reflect, challenge themselves and to work towards the goals identified within their school based focus.

A bespoke support programme can often be more cost effective than sending staff on traditional training programmes and can be contextualised for the needs and priorities of your schools.